The Last Quarrel (The Arbalester Trilogy #1.1)

The Last Quarrel (The Arbalester Trilogy #1.1) Gaelland Is A Nation Gripped By FearIn The Country, Fishing Boats Return With Their Crews Mysteriously Vanished, While Farms Are Left Empty, Their Owners Gone Into The Night, Meals Still On The Table In The Cities, Children Disappear From The Streets Or Even Out Of Their Own Beds The King Tells His People That It Is The Work Of Selkies Mythical Creatures Who Can Turn From Seals Into Men And Back Again And Witches But No Matter How Many Women He Burns At The Stake, The Children Are Still Being Taken Fallon Is A Man Who Has Always Dreamed Of Being A Hero His Wife Bridgit Just Wants To Live In Peace And Quiet, And To Escape The Tragedies That Have Filled Her Life His Greatest Wish And Her Worst Nightmare Are About To CollideWhen An Empty Ship Sails Into Their Village, He Begins To Follow The Trail Towards The Truth Behind The Evil Stalking Their Land But It Is A Journey That Will Take Them Both Into A Dark, Dark Place And Nobody Can Tell Them Where It Might End

Duncan Lay is a layout designer and headline writer at the Sunday Telegraph Australia He has always worked in journalism and has worked for a number of different newspapers and media outlets He lives on the Central Coast of NSW with his wife and two young children.

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  • The Last Quarrel (The Arbalester Trilogy #1.1)
  • Duncan Lay
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 9781760082512

10 thoughts on “The Last Quarrel (The Arbalester Trilogy #1.1)

  1. says:

    This first episode sets the stage for what looks to be shaping up to be a very standard but quite entertaining fantasy novel.First, we re introduced to Fallon A staff wielding local law enforcer, he s always hungered for the change to be a hero However, as a middle aged family man with a son in ill health and a wife suffering from depression and anxiety, he seems unlikely to get his chance However, when the Duke s ship runs aground outside his village, mysteriously abandoned, he sees a chance to prove himself by investigating the disappearance.Meanwhile, in the city, rumors of abductions and disappearances have led to literal witch hunts The populace is in fear Prince Cavan is well meaning and good hearted, but finds himself with little power However, he develops a suspicion that his debaucherous brother might be behind the missing persons cases He also resolves to investigate.For I ll have to go on to the next episode.

  2. says:

    So far nothing novel or new to the fantasy genre, but an interesting set up as far as the events go.The characters are a bit bland, and I hope that the author takes the time to develop them a bit .

  3. says:

    So where do I begin Well, I didn t love this book, but I didn t hate it either In all fairness I thought it was a promising start to a five part book It had many positives an intriguing premise and mystery some interesting characters some of them were just plain cliched though and a fascinating world that was richly described in this episode Fallon was a good protagonist, and I really enjoyed how the story motored along at a reasonable pace However, there were some negatives for me Firstly I found some of the characters were cliched and stereotyped For example the good prince is handsome and adored by the people and the bad prince is deformed and perverted In this day and age of fantasy I just thought this was really outdated Perhaps Lay will change things up in later episodes This brings me to my second negative I really dislike how authors and publishers are moving towards serialised versions of novels It makes reading feel very disjointed and doesn t allow for things to build properly to culmination Just when things were getting going and I was enjoying the story I was suddenly left with a cliffhanger and feeling cut off I don t think this sort of release and marketing pairs well with a fantasy novel But hey who knows what the future will bring with future episodes I certainly will read the rest, as I enjoyed this one enough to come back for If Lay continues to build upon his good elements he has the making of a good and solid fantasy tale 3 out of 5 stars

  4. says:

    MomentumPublishing Date January 2015ISBN 9781760082512 Genre FantasyRating 1.8 5Publisher Description In the country, fishing boats return with their crews mysteriously vanished, while farms are left empty, their owners gone into the night, meals still on the table In the cities, children disappear from the streets or even out of their own beds Fallon is a man who has always dreamed of being a hero When an empty ship sails into their village, he begins to follow the trail towards the truth behind the evil stalking their land.Review This was a novella intended as the first in a five part series To the point, this was another good writer with a bad idea The novel gets mired in dialogue with evil always lurking at the edges Either shjt or get off the pot as they say If the intent is to make a story an ongoing series then it tends to stunt the story line and the movement is lost in dialogue or overt scene descriptions Have the intent to finish a complete work and the novel will reveal itself with depth through movement and subsequent character development Doing serialized work is like planning to fail.

  5. says:

    3.5Fallon I love my family, but I want to fight I need to fight Cavan I need to save my people I have to fight People disappear Children are abducted and those who do it leave no trace Are they mortal Are they mythical creatures coming to life Whatever it is, it created havoc, and few dare to stand strong to fight it Few wish to restore peace either to prove their worth or to protect their people This is a story filled with suspense You are not going to get bored It is short maybe too short but that s ok , and it does not lose time to move forward It lacks, maybe, action but it is still interesting to read What I like the most is that you are sure of nothing Even if it s easy to guess what might happen next, you are still not sure if the villains are mortals or something else.

  6. says:

    In the country, fishing boats return with their crews mysteriously vanished, while farms are left empty, their owners gone into the night, meals still on the table In the cities, children disappear from the streets or even out of their own beds The King tells his people that it is the work of selkies mythical creatures who can turn from seals into mean and back again and witches But no matter how many women he burns at the stake, the children are still being taken.Fallon is a man who has always dreamed of being a hero His wife Bridget just wants to live in peace and quiet, and to escape the tragedies that have filled her life His greatest wish and her worst nightmare are about to collide.When an empty ship sail into their village, he begins to follow the trail towards the truth behind the evil stalking their land But it is a journey that will take them both into a dark, dark, place and nobody can tell them where it might end Rated The Last Quarrel will be released in five episodes the second episode on the 12th of February I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.Duncan Lay is an Australian author who has written two best selling Australian fantasy series Dragon Sword Histories and the Empire of Bones He is currently in residence in the Central Coast of NSW with his wife and two children The story starts with a failed assassination attempt on the King, an evil Prince conducting an execution, and an unnamed man sentenced to a most painful death A truly griping introductory chapter Later the reader is introduced to Fallon, a soldier in a small and simple village that yearns for heroic quests and a young prince of Gaelland, Cavan, who tries to do right by his people in the face of adversity Mysteries begin to unfold People are starting to disappear and the masses are beginning to panic There is talk that evil skelpies and witches are behind the disappearance Lay s story is definitely able to grip the reader from the beginning He has created this interesting story that creates an interesting mixture of mysticism and adventure Overall I would recommend this book to those looking for a light read The first installment of this series is roughly around 90 pages My only disclaimer would be that you may wish for all this installments to be published first if you are anything like me and hate to leave any mystery unsolved Duncan Lay has created the first episode of his 5 part series I find it interesting that authors are starting to release their works as an incompleted series Very much so like a television show and that is similar to how this particular piece read Lay gives you some information that leads to an abruptly placed cliffhanger I do believe that there is promise in his work However, I am still undecided about this new publishing technique I have read other works of similar stylization but feel that sometimes character development can be lost, as well as delivering enough information so that the plot is cohesive With having released a short manuscript, there is only so much information that can be shared while still trying to tell a story My hope for Lay is that he is able to compensate for some of these issues that I observed in his piece in the following installments Despite this, he has nicely written a story that begs to be read This might not be the next Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire, but it is definitely worth a look I know I will be reading the remaining episodes Fingers crossed Duncan Lay So for the time being I give this book

  7. says:

    Originally published at West Coast Book Reviews.As the first Episode in a series, I was prepared for the format players find their places, evil takes a foothold, good gives us a reason to get a comfy chair in their corner and a get the next one in the series NOW cliffhanger.Done and done.It also has two things I used to terrify myself with years ago witch burnings and unnatural faceless villains.I like Fallon as a soldier and a family man and also Bridgit, she s got a lot toughness in her than we ve seen so far I also liked the world is fictitious but in a way very regular, relatable and real It gives the creepiness so much weight.I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review I won t request the second I m hooked so I will support the author and buy the rest.

  8. says:

    I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you It was the cover that drew me to The Last Quarrel, because, hello, I kind of like it But, unfortunately, this book wasn t for me I did like the joking and bickering between the characters but yeah, I m sorry, I wish I had liked it .Thanks again for the arc

  9. says:

    It was ok What I didn t like is that the pacing is too slow Almost nothing happens in the book I don t know, maybe it s because it s so short shrug I also think that some sentence don t flow the right away and get the narrative clunky.The characters were ok good The story hmm passable, I guess Can t say much since it s this short.

  10. says:

    Really just the start of the story I flipped over to Episode 2 straight away.The Last Quarrel Episode One by Duncan Lay is the first of five episodes of the BFF big fat fantasy novel The Last Quarrel They re being released a few weeks apart and as of writing episode four has just come out with episode five due in the last week of March My plan was to review the whole book in one go since I m not a huge fan of rationed episodes I prefer to binge watch my TV as well , but since things have been quiet on the blog of late I thought I d do a short review of episode one to whet your appetites I m still planning to review the rest of the episodes as a complete edition when I m done.The blurb above sums up this novel opening fairly well As well as Fallon, we are also introduced to Prince Cavan, who is involved in his own investigation of strange occurrences in the capital city While Fallon is concerned with selkie rumours, Cavan is dealing with accusations of witchcraft not directed at him I m enjoying The Last Quarrel so far and I m looking forward to getting through the rest of the novel.I was sort of expecting this episode to end on an artificial cliffhanger, you know, to make people want to read the next one straight away There sort of was, but it was the kind of mild cliffhanger that you would expect at the end of a chapter I m glad I didn t actually have to wait for the next episode, however I flicked over to the next one straight away and read about another half a chapter before going to sleep So if you re used to reading fantasy books without enforced breaks, I would recommend having all the episodes lined up before you start On the other hand, if you re not already a fan of Duncan Lay s, or haven t read any of his books before, Episode One offers a substantial chunk of story to help you decide whether to keep reading More than a sample for a fantasy book would normally contain And as I type, Episode One is free from the Momentum store usually 1 , so why not give it a go I m not sure I ve been converted to the idea of episodic book releases, but reading the discrete episode files does give a feeling of satisfaction when you get through them quickly.4 5 starsRead reviews on my blog.

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